Sunglasses NOT Polarized?

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  • 12-04-2014
    indianhillsted
    Sunglasses NOT Polarized?
    Anyone have any good recommendations for NON POLARIZED sunglasses?

    Can't seem to find any anywhere.

    Thanks,
    Ted
  • 12-04-2014
    Cleared2land
    Funny you should mention that. Are all sunglasses now polarized? I know my Oakley's are and I like that feature. Why are you seeking non-polarized?
  • 12-04-2014
    indianhillsted
    I can't find any that aren't. Even the cheapos from Costco are all polarized.

    I don't like the distortion of polarized lenses and not being able to see any LCD screen like my watch and my car dashboard. Riding in tight trees with occasional blasts of sunlight is making such a strobe light effect that I almost have to stop. When conditions are like that, the glasses go in my pocket.

    I don't fish so I see no benefit to them whatsoever.
  • 12-04-2014
    Cleared2land
    I have never really thought about your points, but I usually have to look at my Garmin through the lower gap of my sunglasses lens to see the screen clearly because of what you outlined. Interesting.
  • 12-04-2014
    OldManBike
    I agree, I've realized I don't like polarized lenses, for the reasons you mention. (Also, it may be purely my imagination, but I feel like since my concussion polarized lenses mess with my head a little in a way normal lenses don't.)

    I prefer orange lenses for riding (like Oakley persimmon) so it's not an issue for me for riding.
  • 12-04-2014
    derekbob
    I bought these recently:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    They are really nice for riding because they're not very dark.

    I have an older polarized pair that have a little nicer frames and brown lenses. I like the black pair better because of the lighter tint lenses.
  • 12-04-2014
    TraxFactory
    Im not sure what style your looking for but Smith still makes both. I am also on the fence about Polarized. I've been running the Smith PivLock for riding and have been fairly happy with them. Most big brands have both available still...
  • 12-05-2014
    Shinc
    I've never had the issue with lcd and polarised. I've worn them for years. I notice if i turn my head on the side it stuffs with the lcd. That's strange that it affects you perhaps some lenses have the polarisation opposite? That sounds ridiculous saying it out loud Haha
  • 12-05-2014
    padams10003
    I just bought a new pair of non polarised Oakleys. The model is Polished Black frame with Black Iridium lenses.

    The main reason I get non polaried is that I am a surveyor, and am constantly looking at an LCD screen for 8 hours a day. Polarised is an absolute pain in the arse (constant head tilting/lifting sunnies, etc.)
  • 12-05-2014
    indianhillsted
    Thanks everyone! I have Smiths now and like them...other than the polarization. REI (at the store) didn't have a single pair that wasn't polarized (Smith's included). Now I'm looking on Smith's site and see they have a whole category on non polarized.
  • 12-05-2014
    gsa103
    Most Oakley's aren't polarized and have excellent optical quality.
  • 12-05-2014
    Shinc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
    Most Oakley's aren't polarized and have excellent optical quality.

    That's an odd statement. Nearly all of Oakley's range come in the option of polarised or non polarised
  • 12-06-2014
    Elbastardo
    Sunglasses NOT Polarized?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Shinc View Post
    That's an odd statement. Nearly all of Oakley's range come in the option of polarised or non polarised

    Agreed.

    I have 8 pairs, kind of collected them over the years. Great glasses polarized and non-polarized.

    I have really enjoyed using an amber lens, it seems to do well in the woods.
  • 12-06-2014
    Shinc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Elbastardo View Post
    Agreed.

    I have 8 pairs, kind of collected them over the years. Great glasses polarized and non-polarized.

    I have really enjoyed using an amber lens, it seems to do well in the woods.

    I still think my favourite pair of Oakley's were my amber Antix's with polarised amber lenses.

    Thing with sunnies is to not have too dark a lens. The greatest damage done to eyes is when you take off your glasses and the bright light hits your dilated pupils. That's why polarised lenses are better for your eyes as you don't need as dark a lens.

    I wear polarised safety glasses at work as well.
  • 12-31-2014
    keithrad
    I tried some polarized Oakleys a while back and they seriously messed with my vision for reasons mentioned above. Also when driving, most other cars and building's windows would have this checkerboard affect. Got rid of them and will not go back! For cycling I was using Specialized adaptalite lenses that change with the amount of available sun / shade. I lost them a few weeks ago though, so now I will either find more like that, or some orange / amber lenses.
  • 12-31-2014
    jazzanova
    Re: Sunglasses NOT Polarized?
    I have given this advice in more than 1 thread before, but I did learn it pays off to try sun glasses with a helmet on. I went through 4 different pairs till I found the right ones. I really like the fit of my current helmet (TLD A1) so I just had to look for the right glasses.
    Oakley radarlock XL straight.
    XL means they have longer bridge, they sit higher which helps with the coverage and vision. They also sit close to the front of the helmet, nice on windy DH.
    Straight means they don't stick out on the sides like most of the Oakleys do. AM helmets tend to be cut lower and the glasses are usually covered by helmets sides. Glasses become loose and dont hold properly when their stems are squeezed by the helmet.

    I also went through different types of lenses. I dont use polarized anymore.
    Clear for overcast and night.
    Transition lenses most of the time.
    Only if I ride on fully exposed trails under direct summer sun I use darker lenses.

    I prefer to have the top portion to be framed. It helps to stop sweat dripping down on lenses.
    The frameless smith did not work for me.
  • 12-31-2014
    kustomz
    I run a pair of Optic Nerve photochromatic non-polarized lens glasses. In conjunction I use them with a pair of stick-on Hydrotac bifocal lenses. A great combination that works better than anything I have used to date.
  • 03-07-2015
    machine4321
    Check out Rudy Project. I got a set of 5 lens Rydon model for 135.00.

    Really happy with them.
  • 03-08-2015
    Osco
    My Ray bans work, I can see my Smart phone fine, they are polarized.

    I cannot Imagine wearing non polarized mine are non reflective even on the back side..
  • 03-08-2015
    Cayenne_Pepa
    Huh....I see LCD phone screen just fine, with my Oakley Radar Path Polarized. Mind you, I have the Golf-specific G3 lens....for ultimate depth perception.
  • 03-08-2015
    trmn8er
    Polarized for me as well. I wear Oakley's, and have both Polarized and non, and I prefer Polarized overall, but it depends on conditions. If water is involved, Polarized for sure. Reduces glare for me.
  • 03-14-2015
    gas_pig70
    I bought a pair of Tifosi Duros for riding last year and couldn't be happier. Came with three sets of different removable, non-polarized lenses. Even when boating or driving polarized lenses make me ill.
  • 03-15-2015
    jim293
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
    Most Oakley's aren't polarized and have excellent optical quality.

    Exactly. You have to ask for the polarized ones. Never tried polarized.